“When Maple Leaf sneezes, #bdnmb catches a cold. We need more hogs @drewcaldwell @GregSelinger. 1800 people have light paycheques.” (Mayor Shari Decter Hirst tweet, Brandon Sun, May 28)
Maybe it’s because of our Canadian dollar comparison, and Manitoba hog producers are getting a much better price in the U.S.?
It seems the HyLife Foods hog plant in Neepawa has no hog shortage problems.
In 2006, Manitoba had the distinction of being the No. 1 hog producer in Canada. More than nine million animals … then in 2009, there were too many hogs, and barns were shut down, herds were culled, feed prices were high, and South Korea no longer imported hogs from Canada, and governments subsidized the industry. Now the complaints are not enough hogs?
And in the middle of all this, the taxpayer is footing the promises of government to support and subsidize this industry.
An economics professor has this to say: “It would have been far less costly for taxpayers and certainly more friendly to the water sources, environment and the quality of life to the rural population to pay, yes pay, bribe money to the hog industry and say a polite, ‘No, thank you, we don’t want your business and we are paying you to stay away.”
It’s clear this corporation, raising hogs as a meat exporting industry, is not economically sustainable without taxpayers’ cash and environmental subsidies.
If the industry can’t succeed within the laws that are supposed to protect the public, our water sources and the environment, and refuses to adapt, then they must be allowed to fail.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 12, 2014